The Asklepios Orchestra is an amateur orchestra, founded in 1969 by Dr. David Humphreys, a Physician in the Birmingham General Hospital where the orchestra originally rehearsed. However, following refurbishment of the General, our orchestra needed to move and we now rehearse in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.Although the orchestra has a "medical" origin and we are based within the Medical School, we welcome players from anywhere. You do not have to be "medical" or a member of the Medical School or the University to join us.
Alexander is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied percussion and conducting, first with Edwin Roxburgh and later with Guy Wolfenden. He has performed with some of the UK's top ensembles and in 2012 was awarded the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra scheme place for Timpani.As a conductor he has commissioned and conducted numerous world premiers for a variety of ensembles and In 2013/14 he was invited to take part in master classes with Gergely Madaras, Nicolás Pasquet and Mark Heron. Alexander is currently the Musical Director of The Beaufort ensemble, Brackley and District Brass Band and the Asklepios Orchestra, as well as making regular appearances with The Redditch Orchestra and recordings with the British Police Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he founded Swindon Chamber Orchestra, which draws it's members from the country's leading music colleges and talented local musicians. He maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician, balancing his percussion performance and conducting. He has undertaken tours around Europe and to the United States and has also made recordings for broadcast on BBC Television and Radio. In September 2016 Alexander takes up the prestigious Timothy Reynish Scholarship in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2017 he will make his debut with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.
We are always looking for new players, particularly lower strings and brass. If you would like to join us and wish to have further information, please fill in the form and we will come back to you as soon as possible.